Visitors to Jeffrey Deitch’s Miami Design District gallery will confront an astonishing sight: one hundred-one of Kenny Scharf’s circular paintings of faces. Scharf worked on the project for months, painting
Visitors to Jeffrey Deitch’s Miami Design District gallery will confront an astonishing sight: one hundred-one of Kenny Scharf’s circular paintings of faces. Scharf worked on the project for months, painting several faces a day with intense focus. As Scharf explains it, the characters depicted in his multiple canvases, reflect various aspects of his own personality–sometimes reflecting anger and other times reflecting his vibrancy and love of painting. The serial imagery and the iconic quality of Scharf’s faces evokes the work of Andy Warhol. The conceptual structure also reflects the heritage of Sol LeWitt. Scharf likens the multiple colored images on the wall to his early memory seeing the pixels of color on his parents’ first color television. His work fuses the vocabulary of Pop Art and Minimalism with the 1960s California TV culture that he experienced as a boy in the San Fernando Valley and as a high school student in Beverly Hills. He characterizes his approach to art as psychedelic conceptualism. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting public art and gallery projects with Kenny Scharf for many years including the famous mural at the entrance to Wynwood Walls in Miami. Earlier versions of the face painting exhibition were presented by Lio Malca in Ibiza in the summer of 2019 and at Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles gallery in the fall of 2020.
(Friday) 12:00 pm
Miami Design District
182 NE 39th Street